Media Contact:
Viola T. Blunt
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
(504) 569-9070


(February 2, 2015; New Orleans, LA) - Efforts of Grace, Inc./Ashé Cultural Arts Center, in partnership with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Inc., is proud to introduce the newest addition to the Ashé Cultural Arts Center Campus, the Ashé Power House, located at 1731 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA.


The Grand Opening of Ashé Power House is planned for Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28, with events and live performances that will run throughout both days. A Ribbon Cutting/Press Conference is scheduled for February 27, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.


Located in the Central City Historic District, Ashé Power House is a $7.4 MM community impact development of Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, involving the historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the 1924 New Orleans Public Service, Inc. (NOPSI) streetcar switching station, into a 10,650 square foot state-of-the-art performing arts center and visual art gallery where Ashé Power House will present works emphasizing the heritage and contributions of African, African American, Caribbean and indigenous peoples.


The Ashé Power House represents an additional milestone in a sixteen-year relationship between Ashé and GCHP, symbolizing the power of community, culture and commerce working together. Ashé will continue the tradition of collaboration in scheduling of events at the new facility, and is pleased to announce the first such collaboration planned with Southern Repertory Theater for the production of their 2015 theater season at Ashé Power House.


Ashé will present their first curated visual art exhibit, Ashé to Amen, slated to open during the 2015 Easter season. Curated by Leslie Hammond King, Ashé to Amen will be complemented by programming (films, lectures, performances & concerts) that explores the indomitable spiritual nature of people of the African Diaspora and visual art and artifacts which trace these traditions.


Ashé Power House welcomes the community and the media in the Grand Opening celebration activities on February 27 and 28. Please hold the date and additional details will follow.


For more information, contact Viola T. Blunt at (504) 813-9008 or (504) 569-9070.